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LPGA Player Profile: Lydia Ko

With the LPGA taking a one week break before resuming its schedule in France, I want to take this opportunity to do another LPGA player profile.

The player I have chosen today is not just a big fan favorite throughout the world, but a player that has accomplished more at her age than any other player in LPGA history. The player I have chosen is:
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Born: 4/24/97
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Resides:  Orlando, Fla.
Rookie Year: 2014

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Lydia Ko becomes youngest LPGA winner ever, winning the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open.

Lydia has won 15 times on the LPGA Tour, including 2 major championships.
  • 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open (as an amateur and non-member)
  • 2013 CN Canadian Women's Open (as an amateur and non-member)
  • 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic
  • 2014 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & OI
  • 2014 CME Group Championship
  • 2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
  • 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic
  • 2015 Canadian Pacific Women's Open
  • 2015 Evian Championship
  • 2015 Fubon LPGA Taiwan
  • 2016 Kia Classic
  • 2016 ANA Inspiration
  • 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G
  • 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & OI
  • 2018 LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship

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Lydia won her first major championship at the 2015 Evian Championship.
Best Finishes in Major Championships:
ANA Championship - 1st in 2016
KPMG Women's PGA Championship - 2nd in 2016
U.S. Women's Open - 3rd in 2016
Ricoh Women's British Open - 3rd in 2016
The Evian Championship - 1st in 2015

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Lydia jumps into Poppie's Pond after winning the 2015 ANA Inspiration.

Career Stats:
136 starts
129 cuts made (95.5%)
70 top tens (51.5%)
$9,321,148 in career earnings (17th on the all-time career LPGA money list)

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Lydia defeated Jaye Marie Green 3 and 1, to win the 2012 amateur championship.
Career Highlights:
  • Took home more than $1 million in season earnings for the 4th straight year in 2017
  • Racked up four victories in 2016, including her second major championship at the ANA Inspiration.
  • Became the youngest player to win two major championships (18y,11m,9d).
  • Captured the 2015 Rolex Player of the Year award to become the youngest winner in the history of the award.
  • Tallied five victories including one major in 2015 to become the youngest player in LPGA Tour history (18y,6m,1d) to reach 10 career wins, besting Nancy Lopez's record by almost four years.
  • On February 2, 2015, Ko ascended to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, becoming the youngest player (17y,9m,9d) male or female, to reach No. 1. She surpassed Tiger Woods (21y,5m,16d).
  • Was the youngest winner in the history of the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year award in 2014.
  • Became the youngest player to surpass $1 million, $2 million, $3 million, $4 million, $5 million, $6 million, $7 million, and $8 million in career earnings.
Special Achievements:
  • Silver medalist representing New Zealand in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • 2015 Rolex Player of the Year.
  • 2015 Vare Trophy.
  • 2015 and 2014 Race to the CME Globe winner.
  • 2014 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year.
  • 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur Champion.
Links to Previous Player Profiles:

This Week's Trivia Question: 
Who are the youngest and oldest winners on the LPGA tour tour this year?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here. 


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